Budget cuts are forcing larger class sizes, bigger case loads and leaving schools with too few staff to meet the needs of students with disabilities, special educators say.
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“Special Educators Strained by Budget Cuts” is an article by Michelle Diament that explains the detrimental affects budget cuts have on special education. “Budget cuts are forcing larger class sizes, bigger case loads and leaving schools with too few staff to meet the needs of students with disabilities.” Over 1,000 special education teachers, administrators and other professionals answered a survey saying that budget cuts have impacted the delivery of services for kids with disabilities and have left two few personnel to aid the students. In addition to cutbacks, federal education spending fell in 2013 by 6 million dollars. As a result, teachers don’t have access to aide for adequate technology and are still expected to meet the specific goals and keep the students on grade level. “To be successful in school, students with disabilities rely on a cadre of professionals who have expertise to address their complex academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs…any further cuts would have a devastating impact on student who rely on special education services.” Having adequate equipment and resources in classrooms is extremely important for the progress of any student. Budget cuts especially affect special needs students because larger classrooms don’t allow for the students to get the amount of attention and help that they need. Not having specific technologies and aid can really affect the students improvement.